Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8190 to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware



The Galaxy S3 Mini is a  stripped down version of Samsung’s best-seller the Galaxy S3. The S3 Mini features 4.0-inch WVGA(480×800) capacitive touch screen display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 5MP Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, 1GB RAM, 8 GB / 16GB internal memory, and a 1,500mAh battery. Quite recently, Samsung started the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean roll out for the device. The new update is already available to all S3 Mini users via Kies and Over-the-Air.

If you have missed the official update, you can check for its availability for your device from Settings > About > Software Update. To update your device via OTA, it is recommended that you are connected with a WiFi Network. In case, you are facing problems in getting the Android 4.1.2 update on your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8190, you can download the full  firmware from the link provided below and install it. Since the firmwares provided below are Unbranded you can flash it even if you do not belong to Indonesia or Vietnam.


Firmware Details:

  • PDA: I8190DXALL3
  • CSC: I8190OLBALL4
  • Version: Android 4.1.2
  • Date: December 26
  • Regions: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Download Firmware:

Ukraine (Kyivstar): I8190XXAMA2_I8190QXEAMA1_SEK.zip

Algeria: I8190XXALJL_I8190OJVALJ9_TMC.zip

Austria (Orange): I8190XXAMA2_I8190QXXAMA1_ONE.zip

Luxembourg (La Fleur): I8190XXAMA2_I8190QUXAMA1_LUX.zip

Indonesia: I8190DXALL3_I8190OLBALL4_XSE.zip

Vietnam: I8190DXALL3_I8190OLBALL4_XXV.zip

Germany: I8190XXAMA1_I8190OXAAMA1_DBT.zip

Poland (Play): I8190XXAMA2_I8190PRTAMA1_PRT.zip

Russia (La Fleur): I8190XXAMA2_I8190QXEAMA1_SER.zip

Poland: I8190XXAMA2_I8190OXXAMA2_XEO.zip

Greece: I8190XXAMA2_I8190OXXAMA2_EUR.zip

Open Austria:  I8190XXAMA2_I8190OXXAMA2_ATO.zip


Installing the Android 4.1.2 Firmware on Galaxy S3 Mini:

Before proceeding to install the firmware, do these things:

  • Charge your Galaxy S3 Mini to at least 70% of battery level.
  • Backup your contacts, messages, apps etc.
  • Turn on the USB Debugging mode on your phone: Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging

Having made the preparations instructed above, follow the following steps:

  1. Download and extract the firmware zip file
  2. Download and extract Odin3_v3.04.zip.
  3. Put your phone in Download Mode: Turn off the phone. Press and hold Volume Down+Home buttons and then long press the Power key for a few seconds till the screen turns. Press the Volume Up key when asked.
  4. This is a no wipe firmware. Therefore, it will not delete any data from your phone.
  5. Run the Odin program by double clicking the Odin3_v3.04.exe.
  6. Connect you phone to computer using the USB Cable.
  7. When the ID:COM port at Odin turns green, click on PDA button and select the .tar.md5 file inside the firmware folder.Android 4.1.2 Update for Galaxy S3
  8. Finally, click on start button and wait for a few minutes till the installation is finished, you get a “PASS!” message, and the device reboots automatically. Done!

Do not forget to how it went for you via comments!

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  • No.

  • disqus_S9c6er2uPE

    Hello, if you upgrade the firmware, do you lose warranty?

  • Photo quality improvement, smile shot bug fixed, better picture in night mode. I do not remember them all now as I have used my brother’s S3 Mini just for two days.

  • dude whats the new thing in camera? – my phone is my camera – 😉

  • Really! i feel much smooth & fast 100%, had lots of problems during 4.1.1, i was expecting 4.1.2 update like S3 lol my mistake keke thanks for yur help 🙂 goodjob keepUp

  • Changes are of course there but they are great enough to be visible at first look. As you use more and more, you will discover then all.

    Ability to capture a screenshot while playing a video.
    -Improved File Manager
    -edit lockscreen shortcut

    Some new camera improvements, etc.

  • Done German firmware 4.1.2 Not a single change very much disappointed :/

  • I have just tried the ROM on a friend’s handset and have not seen any restart issue. So you can go on with it.

  • OJ Garcia

    how about frequent restart sir? is it fixed with this firmware update?

  • OJ Garcia

    yes i have done factory reset already with my s3 mini 5 times Sir, and yet the problem still persists..by the way im still at JB 4.1.1 ..I will post as soon as i have done already updating my device to JB 4.1.2 for info and updates.

  • I can’t believe that the reboot bug is due to the phone’s software. You must have installed any third party app that leads to frequent restart. I have been Samsung Galaxy devices for years and have been associated with Android as a developer but have not heard of any such issue with official firmware from Samsung. I would recommend you to perform a data factory reset after you upgrade to Android 4.1.2. You can do this even on the current 4.1.1 and the bug will surely be fixed.

  • OJ Garcia

    how about frequent restart sir? does this update fix the problem?

  • There are significant improvements in performance including the battery backup. The battery life, however depends on how you use and configure your phone.

    These article might help you: http://droidviews.com/tag/android-battery-life/

  • OJ Garcia

    does this upgrade fixes battery issues like it drains fast? and frequent restart? coz these are the problems that I’ve always encountered with my s3 mini.

  • USB debugging gets you device ready for modifying the internal files. If you do not activate it you might get error while rooting or installing a firmware on your phone.

  • What happens if you forget to turn on usb debugging?

  • arnold


  • Yes.

  • arnold

    is this official update for s3 mini?

  • charmcakess

    hey..uhm..i have successfully updated my S3 MINI..but i did not notice any changes..no multiply view modes in the gallery section etc..most of the features the galaxy s3 have are not available/applicable on mini s3 ..

  • Jude

    I’m from Philippines too. I tried I8910DXALL3. I would like to ask if your current(before the update) jelly bean has no google maps app and if your sms is restricted to 3×160 characters.

  • It does not matter if the firmware for India is there or not. You can download and install either of Indonesia, Vietnam or Germany version. All of them will work fine.
    Do not try the Russian or Polish version.

  • rahul698

    i am from india and i did not see any firmware link suited for my country? only indonesia,vietnam,germany,poland,russia. 🙂

  • charmcakess

    thank you

  • Download the one for Germany.

  • charmcakess

    and i totally forgot to download firmware..anyway,which firmware link should i choose since i am from philippines and i did not see any firmware link suited for my country? only indonesia,vietnam,germany,poland,russia. 🙂

  • You have not done the Steps 7 & 8. Unless you select the PDA file and Hit start button, your wait shal never come to an end.

  • charmcakess

    hey.i kinda need help with this.. i’m stuck here..i have been waiting for like 15minutes now..and i think it’s not moving or not making any progress.

  • I hope other functions will included soon.

  • Can i have your email?

  • Im having hard time posting the images but i can send it to you thru email.

  • Thanks, Jude!

  • Guest

    here are the images.

  • Agree with you. Can you upload some screenshots including the About device info?

  • Jude

    Jude here again. It seems that I only noticed 3 changes;

    -Ability to capture a screenshot while playing a video.

    -Improved File Manager
    -edit lockscreen shortcut

    Some of the updates mentioned for SGS3 is more different for S3 Mini.

    thank you.

  • There are many changes. I have written a review on SGS3 on 4.1.2. Most of the features are the same: http://droidviews.com/2012/review-android-4-1-2-jelly-bean-update-on-samsung-galaxy-s3/

  • Hi!I just updated my s3 mini, thank you for your instructions. What are the changes included in this update?

  • Yes you can. I have added a few preparatory steps at the post. Do not worry, it will not brick your phone.

  • Jude

    @ Rakesh. I have here a s3 mini with I8190XXALJL baseband version, can I still use this firmware upgrade? what are the pre cautionary measure that I should take to prevent bricking my phone? Thank you.